NABARD 2021 Grade A Exam Pattern & Syllabus

NABARD Syllabus 2021 covers all topics for both the NABARD Grade A Prelims and Mains examinations. To prepare effectively for NABARD recruitment exams, the syllabus must be understood in full as the first step.  If you are preparing for the NABARD Grade A exam, you should download the NABARD Grade A Syllabus PDF and familiarize yourself with the material. You should review NABARD’s syllabus and make a study plan based on your understanding and capability so that you can prepare for the Grade A Officer exam. Be sure your preparation curriculum reflects the NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern. The following is a complete list of the topics to be covered in the NABARD Grade A examination, including both preliminary and main examinations.

NABARD Grade A Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

S. No.Name of TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
1.Reasoning Ability2020
2.English Language4040
3.Computer Knowledge2020
4.General Awareness2020
5.Quantitative Aptitude2020
6.Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India)4040
7.Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)4040

NABARD Grade A Mains Exam Pattern 2021

This is an objective and descriptive type online test. Now, Let’s understand the NABARD Grade-A Exam Pattern for Mains Exam which is consists of

  1. Paper I – Common for all posts
  2. Paper-II – Different for all posts

Given below is the detailed exam pattern of the NABARD Grade-A officer mains exam. 

S. No.ExamName of TestMaximum MarksTotal Time
1.Paper I (Descriptive Test)General English :
The analytical and drafting abilities of the candidate will be assessed through this 
Paper comprising essay writing, comprehension, report writing, paragraph
writing & letter writing.
10090 minutes
2.Paper IIEconomic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)
Paper on related discipline
10090 minutes
  1. In the Main Examination, candidates who score the minimum cut off mark or above will be shortlisted for an interview.
  2. Each wrong answer costs 0.25 marks in the mains.

NABARD Grade A Prelims Syllabus 2021

Name of SectionTopics asked
Reasoning AbilityPuzzles & Seating arrangementSyllogismData sufficiencyStatement based questions (Verbal reasoning)InequalityMiscellaneous QuestionsInput-OutputBlood relationsCoding-Decoding
Quantitative AptitudeData InterpretationsQuadratic EquationsNumber SehonoursriesSimplification/ ApproximationData SufficiencyArithmetic QuestionsQuantity ComparisonsMathematical Inequalities
English LanguageReading ComprehensionCloze testSentence improvementSpotting the errorsFill in the blanksSentence rearrangementPara JumblesNew pattern questions
General AwarenessThe questions in this test will be from Current Affairs and Banking and Economy, Insurance. In Current Affairs, questions can be asked from recent appointments, awards, and honors, sports, new schemes, national and international news, the latest developments in science and technology.
Computer KnowledgeThis section covers topics from various topics like Networking, Input-output devices, DBMS, MS Office, Internet, History of computers & generations, Shortcuts.

NABARD Grade A Mains Syllabus 2021

Check subject-wise Mains Exam Syllabus for NABARD Grade A Officer posts from here,

NABARD Grade A- Economic and Social Issues Syllabus 2021

Name of SectionTopics asked
Nature of Indian EconomyStructural and Institutional featuresEconomic UnderdevelopmentOpening up the Indian EconomyGlobalizationEconomic Reforms in IndiaPrivatization.
InflationTrends in Inflation & their Impact on National Economy and Individual Income.
Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in IndiaRural and UrbanMeasurement of PovertyPoverty Alleviation Programmes of the Government
Population TrendsPopulation Growth and Economic DevelopmentPopulation Policy in India
AgricultureCharacteristics / StatusTechnical and Institutional changes in Indian Agriculture Agricultural performanceIssues in Food Security in IndiaNon-Institutional and Institutional Agencies in rural credit
IndustryIndustrial and Labour PolicyIndustrial performanceRegional Imbalance in India’s Industrial DevelopmentPublic Sector Enterprises
Rural banking and financial institutions in IndiaReforms in the Banking/ Financial sector.
Globalization of EconomyRole of International Funding InstitutionsIMF & World BankWTORegional Economic Cooperation
Social Structure in IndiaMulticulturalismDemographic trendsUrbanization and MigrationGender Issues Joint family systemSocial InfrastructureEducationHealth and Environment
EducationStatus & System of EducationSocio-Economic Problems associated with IlliteracyEducational relevance and educational wastageEducational Policy for India.
Social JusticeProblems of scheduled castes and scheduled tribesSocio-economic programmes for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and other backward classes.
Positive Discrimination in favour of the underprivilegedSocial MovementsIndian Political SystemsHuman Development

NABARD Grade A- Agriculture & Rural Development Syllabus 2021

Name of SectionTopics asked
AgricultureDefinition, meaning and its branchesAgronomy: Definition, meaning, and scope of agronomy.Classification of field crops.Factors affecting crop productionAgro Climatic ZonesCropping Systems: Definition and types of cropping systems.Problems of dry land – Seed production, seed processing, seed villageMeteorology: weather parameters, crop-weather advisoryPrecision FarmingSystem of Crop IntensificationOrganic farming
Soil and Water ConservationMajor soil typesSoil fertilityFertilizersSoil erosionSoil conservationWatershed management
Water ResourceIrrigation ManagementTypes of irrigationSources of irrigationCrop-water requirementCommand area developmentWater conservation techniquesMicro-irrigationIrrigation pumpsMajor, medium and minor irrigation.
Farm and Agri EngineeringFarm Machinery and PowerSources of power on the farm- human, animal, mechanical, electrical, wind, solar and biomass, biofuelsWater harvesting structuresFarm PondsAgro-ProcessingControlled and modified storage, perishable food storage, godowns, bins, and grain silos.
Plantation & HorticultureDefinition, meaning, and its branchesAgronomic practices and production technology of various plantation and horticulture cropsPost-harvest management, value, and supply chain management of Plantation and Horticulture crops.
Animal HusbandryFarm animals and their role in the Indian economyAnimal husbandry methods in IndiaCommon terms pertaining to different species of livestockUtility classification of breeds of cattle.Introduction to common feeds and fodders, their classification, and utility.Introduction to the poultry industry in India (past, present, and future status)Common terms pertaining to poultry production and managementThe concept of mixed farming and its relevance to socio-economic conditions of farmers in IndiaComplimentary and obligatory nature of livestock and poultry production with that of agricultural farming.
FisheriesFisheries resourcesManagement and exploitation – freshwater, brackish water, and marineAquaculture- Inland and marineBiotechnologyPost-harvest technologyImportance of fisheries in IndiaCommon terms pertaining to fish production.
ForestryBasic concepts of Forest and ForestryPrinciples of silviculture, forest mensuration, forest management, and forest economicsConcepts of social forestry, agroforestry, joint forest managementForest policy and legislation in India, India State of Forest Report 2015Recent developments under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
Agriculture ExtensionsIts importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programsRole of Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) in the dissemination of Agricultural technologies.
Ecology and Climate ChangeEcology and its relevance to man, natural resources, sustainable management, and conservationCauses of climate change, GreenHouse Gases (GHG), major GHG emitting countries, climate analysisDistinguish between adaptation and mitigationClimate change impact on agriculture and rural livelihoodsCarbon creditIPCC, UNFCCC, CoP meetingsFunding mechanisms for climate change projectsInitiatives by Govt of India, NAPCC, SAPCC, INDC.
Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activitiesRecent trendsMajor challenges in agriculture measures to enhanceViability of agriculture Factors of Production in agricultureAgricultural Finance and MarketingImpact of Globalization on Indian Agriculture and issues of Food SecurityConcept and Types of Farm Management.
Rural DevelopmentConcept of Rural AreaStructure of the Indian Rural EconomyImportance and role of the rural sector in IndiaEconomic, Social and Demographic Characteristics of the Indian rural economyCauses of Rural Backwardness.Rural population in IndiaOccupational structureFarmers, Agricultural Laborers, Artisans, Handicrafts, Traders, Forest dwellers/tribes and others in rural IndiaTrends of change in rural population and rural workforceProblems and conditions of rural labourIssues and challenges in Hand-loomsPanchayati Raj Institutions – Functions and Working.MGNREGA, NRLM – Aajeevika, Rural Drinking water Programmes, Swachh Bharat, Rural Housing, PURA, and other rural development programs.

NABARD Grade A- Information Technology Syllabus 2021

Information TechnologyIntroduction to SoftwareData Structure through ‘C’ and ‘PASCAL’Elements of Systems Analysis and DesignNumerical and Statistical ComputingData Communication and NetworksObject-Oriented Computer ArchitectureObject-Oriented SystemsComputer FundamentalsFile Structure and Programming in COBOLDatabase Management SystemsSoftware EngineeringAccounting and Finance on ComputersOperating SystemsIntelligent SystemsRelational DatabaseManagement Systems

NABARD Grade A- Legal Services Syllabus 2021

Legal ServicesThe paper will be based on proficiency in interpreting various Laws viz.,BankingNegotiable InstrumentsCompany, Industrial and Cooperative LawsCyber laws, Commerce/Property transactionsRural non-life insuranceDirect financingStaff mattersGood experience in drafting various types of documents

NABARD Grade A Interview Round

If candidates qualify both the Prelims and Mains exams, they will be eligible to appear for an interview, where different topics, issues, and current affairs will be asked so as to assess students’ knowledge of the subject and their ability to think critically. Students who have passed the exams with more than the cutoff marks are listed in a merit list by the National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development who then call for interviews. You will be interviewed for 25 marks. After the interview round, the candidates who qualify for appointment are required to submit documentation.

NABARD Grade A Syllabus 2021: FAQs

What is the selection process for NABARD Grade A Officer Posts?

The candidates will be selected through Prelims, Mains, and Interview.

Is there any negative marking for NABARD Grade A Exam?

Yes, there will be a negative marking of 0.25 for the Prelims Exam only.

Will the marks scored in NABARD Grade A Prelims will be counted in Merit list?

No, Prelims Exam is just a qualifying stage to shortlist candidates for Mains Exam.

How will the merit list prepared for final selection for NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2021?

The merit list for NABARD Grade A will be prepared on the marks scored in Mains & Interview round.

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